There’s no age requirement to be a hero, all it takes is a little bravery.
One day while at home with her grandmother, 5-year-old Rose Bennett noticed her grandmother, Beverley Lipps, was acting strange.
“I couldn’t see anything, and I kept saying, ‘Rose, I can’t see my baby,'” Lipps told WCPO.
And the little girl knew exactly what to do.
Rose picked up the phoned and dialed 911.
The kindergartner remained remarkably calm as she told the 911 operator that her grandmother was not feeling well.
Lipps, who said she’s taught her granddaughter to call 911 whenever she’s in danger or someone is very sick, was suffering from a stroke—however, Lipps herself didn’t know it at the time. And thanks to Rose, EMS was able to get to Lipps before it was too late. Lipps was then flown to a hospital where she retrieved treatment.
“I’m very proud of her,” Lipps told The Ledger Independent about her granddaughter. “It takes my heart, I’m kind of in tears. It still brings me to tears to think that she saved my life. I’m very proud of her and it means a lot to me. I wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for that little girl.”
Rose’s quick thinking saved her grandmother’s life.
Two weeks after the incident Rose was rewarded for her bravery during an assembly at her school.
The EMS squad who responded to her call presented the 5-year-old with a hero award as well as a shirt that read, “Future Cadet of the Ripley EMS.”
During the assembly Rose’s principal, Andy Arn, explained to the children that it doesn’t matter how old you are, anyone can be a leader and a hero. You just have to act.
“You can be a leader no matter how big or how small you are,” Arn said.
And Rose proved that’s exactly right.